Wingate and Peterlee

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th May 1963.

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Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington 12:00 am, 16th May 1963

asked the President of the Board of Trade what industries he is seeking for the Wingate area in County Durham where coal-mining has ceased and is unlikely to be resumed; and what are the prospects of new industries for Peterlee.

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

Any company is welcome which will provide stable employment for men in the Wingate area. In the last few weeks three companies have decided to establish new projects in Peterlee. These are estimated to provide nearly 200 new jobs.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Is the hon. Member aware that as a result of the closure of the pit in the Wingate area 600 men have lost their jobs? Does he really believe that the employment of 200 men—when they are actually employed—will make very much difference to that situation?

Photo of Sir David Price Sir David Price , Eastleigh

I think that it will. It all helps. Furthermore, I know that in recent weeks a number of other companies have been visiting the Peterlee area, and we hope that some, at least, will establish projects there.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.